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  1. The Self-Sufficient City
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    The Self-Sufficient City

    In modern home design, going green is no longer the exception but the norm. While we've summited this hill, there's still an ominous mountain before us: off-the-grid cities. For the third Advanced...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.01.09

  2. Blofield Inflatable Chesterfield

    Blofield Inflatable Chesterfield

    Dutch design company Blofield—not to be confused with the evil genius Bond villain of nearly identical name—has taken the traditional English Chesterfield and pumped it full of hot air....

    $379.00

  3. Remaking the Past: Simon Watts
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    Remaking the Past: Simon Watts

    In June 2003, Simon Watts, a San Francisco furniture maker and author of the book Building a Houseful of Furniture, returned from vacation and was stunned to find his apartment of 15 years...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: Douglas Adesko
    07.31.09

  4. Two Houses Are Better Than One
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    Two Houses Are Better Than One

    Or is one house better than two? For Santa Monica–based architect Jesse Bornstein and his family, both are true.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    07.31.09

  5. Anthony Vidler with Architects Hitoshi Abe, Eric Owen Moss, Wolf Prix, and Others

    Historian and critic Anthony Vidler will discuss the work of both Schindler and Neutra, and will then preside over a panel discussion with architects Hitoshi Abe, Peter Cook, Eric Owen Moss, Thom...

    07.31.09

  6. Public Fruit Jam 2009

    Public Fruit Jam 2009

    Machine Project and Fallen Fruit Collective unite to present this communal jam-making session/workshop. Bring along your home-grown or public fruit and any clean, empty glass jars you have. At the...

    07.31.09

  7. Friday Finds 7.31.09
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 7.31.09

    Today is the last day of July and you know what that means...If you haven't yet sent in your submission to the Reburbia competition, now is the moment! The call for entries ends tonight at 11...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    07.31.09

  8. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
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    Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

    On a recent weekend, whilst both sitting on a train and lolling by the river, I read the short, strange novel Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott. Occasionally a novel about architecture comes along,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.31.09

  9. Fuller Rug

    Fuller Rug

    The difference a rug can make in a room is pretty remarkable: softening hardwood, bringing in a bit of a pattern or color, truly tying things together underfoot. San Francisco-based designer Melina...

  10. Ardor for Ada
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    Ardor for Ada

    When putting together a room, it's easy to lapse into the "Everything-must-be-a-showpiece" mentality, and though that can certainly make for high octane interior design, just as often it...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.30.09

  11. Platone Unit

    Platone Unit

    Multi-functional furniture makes small (and not-so-small) spaces a little more livable. Need a place to sit, set your coffee, or house your collection of paperbacks? This modular unit is a bench,...

  12. Bold Color, Small Space: The Min Loft

    Bold Color, Small Space: The Min Loft

    Craig and Jean Min, owners of LA Mill coffee boutique in Los Angeles, share their story of using a vibrant palette to enliven their temporary home—a 950-square-foot downtown loft apartment...

    07.29.09

  13. First Lady at National Design Awards
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    First Lady at National Design Awards

    Dwell was proud to be named a finalist this year for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards in the category of Corporate Achievement. As part of the festivities, Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.29.09

  14. Creative Renovation in Brooklyn
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    Creative Renovation in Brooklyn

    When graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink left behind their loft in San Francisco—with collected ephemera, a voluminous library, and a parcel of paintings in tow—they didn’t...

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    07.29.09

  15. Josephine Ceramic Watering Pot

    Josephine Ceramic Watering Pot

    This ceramic pot by Giorgia Ricci allows for a little visual mix-and-match, as each one comes with three different colored lids that correspond and contrast with the color of the piece itself....

    $125.00

  16. Reflections on a Lake
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    Reflections on a Lake

    Unobtrusively distinct from its neighbors, a weekend house in Mexico assimilates the colors of the surrounding landscape on surfaces of glass, steel, and concrete.

    written by: Ana Guerrerosantos
    07.28.09

  17. She's No Dummy
    Profiles

    She's No Dummy

    As Volvo crash-test engineer Laura Thackray knows, dummies—even virtual ones—can teach us a thing or two about safety.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    07.28.09

  18. Leo Marmol on Restoration
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    Leo Marmol on Restoration

    Which is harder? Creating a new classic or restoring an old one? Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner discusses staying consistent with the original architect’s intent while acknowledging changing...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    07.28.09

  19. Palm Springs Modern: Photographs by Julius Shulman

    Palm Springs Modern: Photographs by Julius Shulman

    This exhibition features 100 original photographs by the renowned photographer Julius Shulman of houses designed by iconic Modernist architects, such as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and John...

    07.28.09

  20. Author Q&A: The BLDGBLOG Book
    Books

    Author Q&A: The BLDGBLOG Book

    Many of you had the pleasure of reading Geoff Manaugh's work while he was a Senior Editor here at Dwell, but if you've not yet checked out the blog he's been writing for the last five years or so,...

    07.28.09

  21. Gary

    Gary

    Meet Gary. He's a rustic, robot-esque fellow whose hemp-twined limbs and oak and pine body will withstand even the toughest playtime sessions. Swedish design team Our Children's Gorilla have...

  22. Bringing Beets to the Streets
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    Bringing Beets to the Streets

    The beats you hear booming through the Oakland streets might be emanating from the cars of future rap stars—or from the People's Grocery Mobile Market.

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    07.27.09

  23. Stainless Chef
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    Stainless Chef

    Designer John Picard isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty in the kitchen, or washing the sand off his feet in the bathroom. This ecological pioneer’s half-lot home is designed for...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    07.27.09

  24. Bodum Double-Wall Canteen Mugs
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    Bodum Double-Wall Canteen Mugs

    One of my favorite wedding gifts I received was a set of Danish housewares firm Bodum’s glass-walled Canteen tumblers. I drink from them every day, set them out when guests come over, feel a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.27.09

  25. The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner
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    The Making of Dwell with Chris Gardner

    To open our September 2009 apartment-themed issued, we dreamed up Dwell’s ideal apartment. Not content to play mere decorator, we tried on the role of developer and enlisted architect Craig...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.27.09

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